Mia Edsall is an active, sports oriented, musician, horse trainer from Central Idaho. Her genre could be described as Country, Old Timey, Bluegrass, Singer Songwriter, Outlaw Country or Folk. She plays claw hammer and Scruggs style banjo, guitar and harp in addition to singing.
Her parents met at a college choir weekend in Vermont, so she was bred to sing. Her father Hanson Carroll was a notable photographer and camp fire singer/ player. At age 15 she got her first banjo and practiced. Upon graduation from boarding school in Providence R.I., she drove to Ketchum,Idaho in her early 20’s. Before that she spent a ski season as an Au Pair girl in Chamonix, France.
Always a guitar and banjo close by, she jammed with others and practiced with vinyl records in a dark room for hours, learning songs by ear with no formal training. She got gigs around the ski town of Sun Valley, mostly solo at first. She sang songs such as City of New Orleans, Mr. Bojangles, Deep River Blues, Brown’s Ferry Blues, Bobby Mcgee, Traveling Lady, Country Roads and 500 Miles to name just a few. She is rooted in folk, blues, Texas outlaw, honky tonk country and Bluegrass. Then came a duo with Yodeling Carl Massaro driving around Idaho to dive bars. Then came the Muldoon Canyon Band lead by Mia with BBQ Bob on bass. In 1978(ish),the band Stetson was formed as the result of some locked in harmony singing on the chairlift with brothers Ridley and Brad Pearson. Meanwhile Mia continued with writing and solo gigs such as Northern Rockies Folk Festival.
Stetson packed the Ketchum/ Bellevue honky tonks with Mia as a front singer expounding more of that Texas outlaw material. Stetson recorded and produced a righteously grand record that has stood the test of time but was never marketed on a grand scale. The record contains original songs, three of which were penned by Mia. The record and band got a lot of recognition and airplay on local and some college radio.
It was then that Mia had met her life partner Steve Edsall DVM in the Silver Dollar bar after a show. They married in 1983, got pregnant and Mia stepped away from music until 2005. In 2005 sobriety and new principles influenced an intuitive decision to sing and play.
During Mia’s musical chop reconstruction, she met Gerard Kelly at a dinner. He was also taking a time out after leading locally known bluegrass band, Doc Tater. Mia and Gerard started a band called, No Cheap Horses in the new musical environment of the 2000’s. They practiced and performed for 3 years, made some informal recordings and had a blast singing harmony and playing with some grand back up musicians.
Mia continues to write songs and attend writing workshops all over the country. In Nashville, established writer, Mary Gauthier told her that she had “Found her voice and it reminded her of Hazel Dickens.” Hazel Dickens was a pioneer in Bluegrass with distinctive vocal style. She was a finalist at Tumbleweed Folk Festivals songwriting competition out of 50 contestants. She is a regular attendee at Weiser, Id. jams, banjo camps and contests. She is a members of National Folk Alliance and has performed at Far West conference.
She produced a album, Big Red Horse in 2014. Her new 10 song record “Gutsy Call” with Ben Winship release is Oct 2017. She studies Songwriting and has taken workshops with Mary Gauthier and Darrell Scott. Her repertoire includes some classic time tested songs as well as originals. Mia currently plays solo shows as well as performing with several other musicians.